It’s been five years since Alfonso Cuarón pissed off Neil DeGrasse Tyson with Gravity, his roller-coaster of a film, and we’ve been waiting in desperate anticipation ever since for his next work. The wait is almost over, however: Netflix dropped the beautiful first trailer for his new film, ROMA, earlier on Thursday, and boy, is it just gorgeous, full of some sumptuous black-and-white cinematography and striking imagery.
“In Alfonso Cuarón’s autobiographically inspired film, set in Mexico City in the early ’70s, we are placed within the physical and emotional terrain of a middle-class family whose center is quietly and unassumingly held by its beloved live-in nanny and housekeeper (Yalitza Aparicio). The cast is uniformly magnificent, but the real star of ‘ROMA’ is the world itself, fully present and vibrantly alive, from sudden life-changing events to the slightest shifts in mood and atmosphere. Cuarón tells us an epic story of everyday life while also gently sweeping us into a vast cinematic experience, in which time and space breathe and majestically unfold. Shot in breathtaking black and white and featuring a sound design that represents something new in the medium, ‘ROMA’ is a truly visionary work.”
ROMA will have its theatrical world premiere at the Venice Film Festival at the end of the month before heading overseas to both TIFF and the New York Film Festival this fall. We’ll most likely be seeing the film in Toronto, and we’ll hopefully have a review for you around its release there. It’ll have a theatrical run later this year and, of course, will end up on Netflix’s streaming service, where you can put it on in the background while you’re working on your taxes and totally fucking ignore it.